Mobile apps for the rail industry

Nutshell is helping to streamline planning, delivery, and safety reporting in the rail industry, for a safer and more compliant work environment whether on or near the line.


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Going digital to improve planning and delivery in rail

Safe systems of work are at the core of every rail project, but inefficiencies in planning, briefing, and daily safety reporting is leading to inefficient and unsafe work.

From speaking to rail professionals everyday, we know that manual paper processes are responsible for a fair chunk of lost time accidents as well as design snags, plan deviations, and eventual NCRs.

Nutshell helps you manage these mission-critical rail processes with Network Rail-standard mobile apps that can be implemented instantly and then customised to match your very specific processes. What’s more, data is administrated instantly, so risks can be mitigated far quicker than ever before.

Rail safety and planning apps

Nutshell has a library of Network Rail-standard rail apps that can be implemented instantly — free with a Nutshell subscription.

Close Call Report

Industry standard close call reporting

Near Miss Report

Industry standard near miss reporting

Incident Report

Industry standard incident reporting

Site/Shift Report

Industry standard site/shift report

Site Briefing

Industry standard site briefing app


Non-Conformance Reporting

The old days of lever-arch files and illegible handwriting are numbered. It’s estimated that over the next five years more than 100,000 mobile apps will need to be created for the rail industry alone.

Martyn Cuthbert

Managing Director, OnTrac Ltd

Save time. Save money. Save lives. 

In association with OnTrac, the UK’s leading software solutions partner to the rail industry, Nutshell is at the forefront of this revolutionary digital transformation initiative, providing the mobile capability behind the suite of groundbreaking apps at its core.

Rail Hub is OnTrac’s fully digital, end-to-end solution based on the 019 Standard. It’s already used by most of the Network Rail supply chain to manage and report on the Safe System of Work planning process, to the very latest compliance standards.

The reasons to invest in Rail Hub are obvious:

  • Save time – reducing a 2 hour process to less than 10 minutes
  • Save money – pays for itself within 2-3 months on paper costs alone
  • Save lives – over a million safe work packs per year and not a single life lost
UK Rail Industry Planning Mobile Apps

Our rail industry toolkits — free with a Nutshell subscription

Very rarely do Nutshell customers settle for just one app — once they discover what’s possible with Nutshell, they soon want to do everything on our platform! That’s why we’ve bundled together some of our most popular Rail apps in the following toolkits…

Man using OnTrac's Access Points app on his smartphone

Rail Reporting Toolkit

All essential daily reports, inspections, and safety standards bundled together for your convenience.

Mobile worker using the eSWP app on a tablet device

Rail Planning Toolkit

Bridge the communication gap between frontline workers and back office with our rail planning toolkit.

National Hazard Directory app

Rail Compliance Toolkit

Ensure safe, compliant behaviours with prompt daily reports and inspections in the palm of your hand.

A new era is coming...

In 2021, Network Rail will roll-out the next generation of Rail Hub, taking the UK’s rail access planning processes 100% digital and making photocopies, wet signatures, and preventable accidents a thing of the past.
In collaboration with Ernst & Young, OnTrac are already taking advantage of Nutshell’s no-code application development platform to deliver the rapid expansion of Rail Hub utilities to a workforce of more than 45,000 track-side engineers across 600+ companies.
Many businesses fear that building apps is costly, time consuming, and incredibly complex. And the truth is, it can be. But Nutshell offers an alternative. So you can enhance your processes through technology, at just fraction of the cost and lead time of traditional app building approaches.

Trusted in the rail industry

Nutshell is trusted by rail industry giants such as Siemens, Murphy, Systra, and Network rail to name but a few, building and deploying sophisticated, track-side mobile apps to their field engineers, faster than ever before.

Isolation and uncertainty

Siemens rail engineers built and launched their own close-call management apps without having to wait for the IT department

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Poor ergonomics

Systra replaced a host of complex spreadsheets with apps they built in Nutshell, smashing the time taken to process forms by 75%

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Poor ergonomics

Murphy’s rail division built, tested and deployed a suite of track-side apps in less time than it took to get through procurement

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Fatigue management

Network Rail built, tested and deployed more than 80 site safety inspection apps with Nutshell in record-breaking time

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eSWP In Nutshell's App Builder

Don’t be left behind

Our rapidly expanding library of compliant safety and construction apps for i0S, Android and Windows are fast becoming the de-facto standard for Network Rail and its supply chain. 

With Nutshell, you can build your own apps, that will not only save lives and reduce costs, but will also provide invaluable business intelligence. From timesheets and incident reporting, through to briefings and resource management, digitizing paper-based processes is the key to future success.

So, if you’re wondering how to go about digitizing your safety-critical processes before the competition does, Nutshell might be your new best friend.

Industry Insights

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Stay ahead of the competition

Be one of the first to go 100% digital. To find out more about how Nutshell can help you digitise your business, saving you time, money, and resources, get in touch.